I have some further comments of my own (my own, not lifted directly from a sheep herding right-wing web site):
I don't find the 72 hours a real problem. People who think the President ever stops working are idiots. I realize the "Bush took more vacations than anyone else, ever" meme is very popular with the Olbermann crowd, but, let's concede that the apparatus of government follows the President everywhere.
I can't speak for Representatives Hoekstra and Pete "I love the cameras as much as Chuck Schumer" King, but, I don't see anything wrong with a press release stating that the President is being briefed regularly, etc., then sometime later the POTUS giving a short statement, as Obama did here.
My problems with Obama's response to this are:
- He was briefed at noon Hawaii time. That was 3 hours after the incident occurred. Why so long?
- The words themselves, and
- A little thing I didn't think about - the lack of a tie.
The lack of a tie was a conscious decision on someone's part. I guess the impression was meant to be sent that Obama was rushing away from his vacation to make this statement and we were supposed to be impressed by this (and by his quick return to the golf course). I didn't really pay it much attention at the time, but, I like my presidents to have ties on when addressing the nation, unless they are literally doing it from the golf course.
Would Ronald Reagan have addressed the nation without a tie? No.
In general on the terror war, Obama has a credibility gap, and appearing blase' or disinterested, does nothing to help that.
Trotting his incompetent DHS Secretary (Janet Incompetano) out to say, in Animal House fashion, "All is well!" further lampoons this administration.
You can opine about the good old Bush days all you want, but, guess what, you bought it, you own it now.